December 3rd, 2021


VCDC UpNEXT Coffee Hour

When: Wednesday, December 8th, 2021

Time: 8:30-9:30 AM

Join us for a conversation with Liz Manser Payne about the Coyote Business Consulting Group.

Watch at or on Channel 3.

Thank you to our sponsor: United Way

W.H. Over Thompson Exhibit Ribbon Cutting

The W.H. Over Museum is celebrating its Annual Christmas Festival from 1:00 pm – 4:30pm and the celebration will feature:

• Bake Sale

• Vendors

• Decorated Trees

• Children’s Activities

• Hospitality Table

• Children’s Choir

• Cloggers

• Thompson Exhibit Ribbon Cutting

The Thompson Exhibit will be formally opened at their Annual Christmas Festival during the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

When: Sunday, December 5th, 2021

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Where: 1110 N. University St., Vermillion, SD 57069

VCDC Red Talks

“Pandemic in the 21st Century” with a panel of special guests.

When: Thursday, December 9th

Time: 12:00-1:00pm

Where: Old Lumber Company

Chamber News

First Baby of 2022 Welcome Package

Sanford Vermillion Medical Center is pleased to announce that we are currently preparing the First Baby of 2022 Welcome Package. This is a great opportunity for you to welcome the year’s newest arrival and congratulate the parents of the First Baby of 2022.

If you choose to make a donation, your business/organization will be recognized in the local newspaper press release. In order to have the First Baby of 2022 Welcome Package ready for the ringing in of the New Year, we would like to have all items collected by December 30, if possible.

We will be happy to pick up donated items, or if you prefer, you may drop off or mail your contribution at Sanford Vermillion Medical Center 20 South Plum Street Vermillion, SD 57069 (attention Jill Christopherson). If you have any questions, my contact information is below.

Thank you for your time. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

With Gratitude,

Jill Christopherson, Executive Assistant

Vermillion Area Arts Council

Art Collective at Icon Event Hall + Lounge

A gathering of artists around Sioux Falls who come together in order to showcase their work. Not only is this a way for people to begin putting their artwork out for others to see, but it is also a way for the art community to connect.

Sioux Falls

Show time: Thursday, December 9th., 2021 -- 4pm – 11pm

Friday, December 10th, 2021 --

4pm – 11:30pm

All Ages



We’re Back Annual Christmas Festival

Please Join Us

Sunday, December 5, 2021

1:00 to 4:30 p.m.

At the W.H. Over Museum

1110 University Street

East of the Dome, on the corner of Taylor and University Street

Bake Sale | Lots of Vendors | Decorated Trees | Hospitality Table | Children’s Activities | The Children’s Choir will be there – and – the Cloggers will be there – and – The Thompson House Exhibit will be formally opened at 2:00 pm

Lunch & Learn at the Library

Did you know that South Dakota was bombed by Japanese Fu-go balloons during World War II? Join the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library for a December Lunch & Learn as Dr. Arley Fadness teaches about the thousand balloons that were launched from the Japanese mainland in late 1944 and 1945. These balloon-borne bombs targeted all of North America. Nine landings have been discovered on South Dakota soil.

Arley Fadness was born and in Webster, South Dakota. He is a graduate of Augustana Academy, Augustana University, the Boeing company drafting school, Pacific Lutheran University, Luther Theological Seminary and McCormick Theological Seminary. His Doctor of Ministry degree focusing on parish revitalization. Dr. Fadness served parishes in Arizona, Minnesota, Wyoming, and South Dakota. Dr. Fadness is a retired draftsman, clergy, and active history enthusiast, and writer. He has worked on blueprints for Boeings, architects, and Ed Yost, the inventor of the modern hot air balloon. Arley is the author of the art, science and history of ballooning in his book titled “Balloons Aloft: Flying South Dakota Skies.” Soon to be published in 2021 through The History Press is his latest book “Capturing The Younger Brothers: The Untold Story of South Dakota’s Asle Sorbel.”

This event will be held in person at the Vermillion Public Library, in the Kozak Room and with a zoom option. Register online at

The program will take place Friday, December 3rd at noon. Guests are welcome to bring their lunch, and refreshments will be served! The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is located at 18 Church Street, Vermillion, SD 57069.

For questions email or call 605-677-7060.

Department of Music – 2021-22 Events

Friday, December 3rd at 7:30 pm: USD Symphony Orchestra

Aalfs Auditorium

Sunday, December 5th at 3:00pm: USD Holiday Concert

Aalfs Auditorium

Sunday, December 5th at 7:30pm: PENDING: Skyler Steffey, Senior Cello Recital

Colton Recital Hall

Save the Date: Holiday Stroll

Please mark your calendars for this year's Holiday Stroll event, which will be Thursday, December 9th, 2021. If you wish to be involved in the event or have questions, please contact Amy Christensen at

Looking for a volunteer opportunity?

Friends of Sharing the Dream in Guatemala is seeking volunteers to help in a variety of areas at their Vermillion store. Sharing the Dream is a fair-trade organization that works to reduce poverty in Guatemala through collaborative partnerships with Guatemalans. Their downtown store sells hand-crafted Guatemalan products and the profits support projects in Guatemala, such as workshops with artisans, healthcare and meals for elders, and a scholarship program for school aged students. 

Volunteers in the Vermillion store provide customer service and assist with various store tasks tailored to their individual gifts. A few projects that volunteers have helped with include designing displays, working with inventory, providing social media and website updates, and Spanish letter translation. By volunteering with Sharing the Dream, you have the opportunity to promote fair trade values and sustainability while fostering a global community.  

Contact info: Anna Van Holland -

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